This is how I know my Mother reads my blog:
Last month I wrote about our inability to remember the content that we binge - especially books. Last week she sent me a link about how to fix that.…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 14, 2018 at 8:40am — No Comments
I am in the car with my son outside of my workplace. It is my day off, but we are here because he wants to visit my team.
I can't blame him. The people I work with are like family and they absolutely adore my son. We are talking about thats-my-cutie-and-he-can-do-no-wrong-let-me-make-him-some-cookies…
Like many working parents, I struggle with work/life balance. At least once a day, I wonder if I am spending enough time with my family, or if I am committed enough to my job. I do my best to model a family first attitude for my team, but I know they have seen evidence of me working late into the night from time to time. I hate not knowing how my son will really feel about having two working parents - and the effects upon his life from…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 6, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments
You are in the grocery store.
In front of you is a Mom and her son. He is jumping up and down, repeatedly saying her name, grabbing items off the impulse rack that she then has to wordlessly return, and genuinely showing some bratty behaviors. And she is calmly ignoring it all.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 29, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments
It's hard for me to look at my son now and imagine the swirling mass of hormones that he will become one day. It is equally hard for me to think about the time that he will not need me around anymore (but still want me there, like a plant). But, those days are coming, whether I like it or not. So, I guess that it is good for me to…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2016 at 8:06am — No Comments
I try very hard not to lose my temper with my son. I repeat phrases in my head like "he's only six" or "he's still learning" or "will he have a memory of this moment?" but sometimes it is inevitable. I yell; he cries; he loses things.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 25, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments
During our parent-teacher conference with my son's teacher, my husband and I did our best to ask the questions we had about homework, behavior, areas of improvement and strengths to develop for our son. (We did not ask about the brightly colored emails.) We did make sure that she knew that if there were any problems, we wanted…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 23, 2016 at 7:20am — No Comments
The last time I put my son in a timeout, I told him to go to my room. This was because every time he has been sent to his room, he still has plenty of fun distractions in there and he doesn't seem to mind as much, so it didn't really feel like he was getting the point of timeouts.
It turns out, I might not…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 6, 2016 at 6:40am — No Comments
A few weeks ago, my son greeted me after work with this perfectly ordinary statement: "We had cotton candy today at camp!"…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
Sometimes my son pushes me over the edge. It's part of his growing up - he pushes his boundaries and learns the consequences of disrespect. My patience level - like all parents - varies. There are days when I can shake it off, and then there are days when I yell.…Continue
I spent a weekend at the beach with my girlfriends recently. And what I learned from them gave me hope: They reported that their children (mostly teens) were well behaved, not interested in dating or other risky behaviors and are quite academically inclined.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 22, 2016 at 6:19am — No Comments
Every household has a different approach on discipline, as most parents have to learn their child's personality before they can determine a policy that is effective. For us, we recognize that our son likes to talk, so we give him timeouts during which he is not allowed to talk. It may feel unfair to him, but it gets his attention and gives us a break from any unacceptable behavior.…Continue
Originally posted at: Just Playing House.
I know the best way to reward kids is to praise them immediately following the good behavior. This recognition is a given at our house. However, sometimes I like to randomly surprise them and go above and beyond to recognize what they've done. Especially when they aren't expecting it!
Call me crazy, but I'm tired of rewarding my kids with time to play video games or watch You Tube. Our…Continue
Added by Emily Graham on November 3, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Last week I told my son a "very scary" story about what would happen to him when he became a teenager. Although I was having some fun with him, I am well aware of the fact that what will actually happen when he becomes a teenager will be much, much more frightening. For me.…Continue
How many times have you said “NO” to your kids, yet they still keep on asking? Ummm…how about every second of every hour of every day. Yah…in my house too! If your answer is never, I don’t believe you!
Does this scenario sound familiar?
“Mommy can we have ice…Continue
Added by Ellie Hirsch on August 26, 2015 at 2:12pm — No Comments
I adore my children but having all 4 of them home all summer can get a little crazy! Plus my husband working in real estate has a pretty hectic and inconsistent schedule. So it's a lot of mommy versus the 4 little monkeys. One things that really makes me want to climb the walls is the amount of tattling. Yes, I know for children (siblings at that) under 7 years old this is very common but it doesn't make it any less…Continue
A few weeks ago at lunch, my coworker and I played a game of "we can guess your birth order" with the rest of our team.
At its basic level, birth order predicts that the first born will be extremely mature and a high-level achiever; middle children will be extremely diplomatic; and the last born children…
Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments
“Kids-You can’t beat ‘em”, was one of the first logos in 1983, when President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I love the dual meaning of this statement. We can’t be physically aggressive with kids. But equally as important, is the message that there is special value in children. Thirty years later, we continue to promote the value of our children and their families, as well as the fact that every member of the community has a responsibility to…Continue
Added by Stacy Hladek on April 24, 2014 at 1:22pm — No Comments